A Mormon bishop–David Musselman–from Taylorsville, Utah put on a homeless disguise and then attended his church meetings on Sunday. USA Today reports that “five people asked [him] to leave the church property, some gave him money, and most were indifferent.”
Musselman explained to a local television station that: “The main thing I was trying to get across was we don’t need to be so quick to judge.” He received varied reactions to his stunt. According to the Deseret News:
Many actually went out of their way to purposefully ignore me, and they wouldn’t even make eye contact, I’d approach them and say, ‘Happy Thanksgiving.’ The inability [of many] to even acknowledge me being there was very surprising.
Musselman was very impressed however with the reaction from children: “I could see in their eyes they wanted to do more.”
To make his homeless disguise look authentic, Musselman contacted a Salt Lake City makeup artist (Tara Starling) and she transformed his familiar face into that of a total stranger.
Now here is a story worth reporting in LDS Church magazines.